I got back from St. Kitts this past Saturday, after spending four days on the beautiful island in the Caribbean. Before this trip I didn't know much about the country, but I was graciously invited by St. Kitts Marriott, and I am always eager to visit a new place. And after being to many of the Caribbean islands, I've never been disappointed, and this time was no exception.
St. Kitts is a mountainous paradise, full of deep Caribbean culture, incredible views, and even more spectacular people. The former British colony, which gained its commonwealth independence in 1983 has little remains of the British culture, except the language. It is very Caribbean in the best way possible. The music, food, and way of life is easy, delicious and vibrant.
I got there Wednesday afternoon, and was welcomed by a TING, which is a local grapefruit soda, that is a must have. (and Ting with a Sting, for a more adult version). That night we enjoyed a delicious dinner at the steakhouse inside the Marriott and called it an early night.
Friday night, after being relaxed from the spa time, we did a really casual dinner at Sprat Net, an outdoors restaurant on the beach, where you eat on picnic tables and the food is caught fresh that evening. Honestly guys, it was one of the best meals I've ever had. I had two huge lobsters and a whole snapper, and I am not kidding, I was in heaven. It was so delicious. I would go back to St. Kitts just to eat there!
That night we had some CSR rum which is made on the island from their own sugar cane production and is 80% but surprisingly smooth. If you get a chance, try to find some Hammond which is like our moonshine, except its really sweet from the cane. It's also not legally sold, so only if you find a rum hole ;) We went dancing at some of the bars on the strip and then back to the hotel at the new Sky lounge where we enjoyed a local Caribbean band and showed off our booty dancing.
On Thursday, we took the St. Kitts Scenic Railway train which takes you all around the island, with unlimited pina coladas, traditional singers, and a phenomenal view of the island that you can't get in any other way.
We took the train on the west side of the island, and then switched on to a sailboat to finish the east side. Accompanied by a couple of rum punches, and some cruise tourists, the tour was a great way to spend half the day seeing the island.
Friday we got a little more physical and went on a rainforest hike, which was so amazing. Our tour guide O'neill (he has his own tour guide company and is the best!) is 70 years old and climbs up to the volcano twice a day. He is in ten times better shape than I am in my twenties! Hiking the rainforest for the first time was an experience I'll never forget!
After the hike, we went back to the hotel and shortly after a casual lunch we hit up the spa. I got the bamboo treatment which is a combination of a deep tissue, and rolling hot bamboo sticks on your body, as well as incorporating hot stones. It was so relaxing!
Once we got back, we lounged by the pool and went to dinner at Carambola Beach Club. There, I had lobster risotto, which i'm still thinking about, and some really fresh sushi.
Saturday, we went to the farmers market early, and up to Brimstone Hill for the best view of the island. We went all the way up to the top, got some pictures, and then headed back to the hotel to have one last Caribbean salad with blackened fish before heading out to the airport.
My stay at the St. Kitts Marriott was amazing, and I hope to be back in St. Kitts soon. Now, on to plan the next destination!